Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival -- The best windsurfing and musical in the midwest! We've reserved a spot for you on the beautiful shores of Lake okabena in Worthington, along Sailboard Beach, as we invite you to enjoy the 18th year of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival.
If you enjoy windsurfing and/or music, this event is a cannot-miss annual item on your calendar. Each year, the Regatta strives to promote the windsurfing industry, racing and recreational sailing on for national and international participants. Of course, the Music Festival is for people to enjoy music. The festival is free to the public. All operating revenue comes from sponsors, registrations, food vendor fees and beverage sales, so remember to celebrate - and shop - local!
You'll have a front row seat to the windsurfing races, experience tasty eats, and of course stay for the music.
The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival began in 1999. The festival consisted of a windsurfing competition during the day and live, free “unvarnished” music in the evening on the shore of Lake Okabena. The intent was to introduce a unique water sport focusing on our lake and to introduce the community to an unvarnished style of music.
The festival has been a big success, bringing surfers from throughout the world. We have had the honor of hosting 3 US National Windsurfing Championships in our 16 years of doing the festival, however the Regatta saw struggles on the music side. In order for the festival to sustain, the board of directors re-wrote the bylaws a few years ago to enable a different style of music. We removed the "unvarnished" requirement, enabling us to bring in different music. The intent was to bring in broader based music (and hopefully bring more people in to town) to purchase our beverages and possibly even spend the night or two. With the new music format, the Regatta has seen consecutive record crowds and overwhelming response.
A reminder the festival is free to the public. All operating revenue comes from sponsors, registrations, food vendor fees and beverage sales, so remember to celebrate - and shop - local!2019 Schedule
It all started back in 2003, when Worthington hosted the 2003 National Windsurfing Championships on Lake Okabena; decorated beach chairs were popular among spectators so in 2004, the chair theme was set to expand. The chair auction was started by The Globe and they continue to coordinate the event today. Local businesses sponsor a chair, in the traditional Adirondack form, each procuring their own local artists to create a piece of art. Then, each chair is auctioned off during the Regatta weekend, with proceeds going to a nonprofit predesignated by The Globe.
Past auctions have raised $56,850 for the following charities:
Hospice Cottage | Sailboard Beach Improvements | Freedom Veterans Park | Worthington YMCA | United Way | Lake Okabena Improvement Association | Honor Flight | American Red Cross SW Minnesota Chapter | Beyond the Yellow Ribbon | Relay for Life | Love Inc. of Nobles County | Nobles County Pheasants Forever | Nobles County Historical Society | Client Community Services Inc. | Worthington Flags of Freedom Project